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A Festivus for The Geeks in Us – Mac Geek Gab 794

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

A festivus for the geeks in us

Cool Stuff Found galore begins this episode, because that’s the spirit of the holiday season. Equally as important, though, are the airing of the grievances, and Mail.app provides a healthy platform for that…with some hints and tips, to be helpful, of course. After all, we each need to learn at least five new things! That’s not all: there are more tips and questions and answers here to enjoy, as well. Press play and join John, Dave, and the rest of the MGG Family for this week’s episode.

macOS: How to Disable Homebrew Analytics

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Homebrew has recently started to collect data, which helps the developers. But if you don’t like this you can disable Homebrew analytics.

A Wealth of Open-Source Software Is Homebrewed

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

open source software homebrew

When it comes to installing awesome software for free, this utility, paradoxically both little-known and popular, makes it quick and easy.

For Geeks Only: Hey Alexa, Tell Sonos to Play Stevie Wonder in the Kitchen

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

pile of sonos speakers with Amazon Alexa Dot front and center

Sonos and Amazon jointly announced their Alexa integration earlier this year and the world rejoiced. Voice control of your Sonos system is one of those holy grails. The integration is expected to be available at some point in 2017. But I’m an impatient geek so, while I’m waiting for official support to be available, I spent an hour yesterday getting this working using freely-available open-source tools. You can do this, too, and I’ll walk you through what you’re doing and how to get started.